Luther: A Sinning Saint? By Courtney Dermody
Martin Luther was a German monk who strongly disagreed with certain views of the Catholic church. In his arguably most famous attempt to stop the corruption of the Catholic church, Luther wrote a many reasons why indulgences were bad and how they did not actually save one's soul from sin. The myth is that Luther, angry with the church, went to the All Saint's Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517 and nailed his 95 Theses (his ideas on how the Catholic church should change) onto the door of the church. This began the Reformation.
The man who called himself Martin Luther was a sinner. He lied about his upbringing and family history, saying he was the descendant of poor peasants when really his father was a mining inspector and a smelting master; these two jobs were not held by poor people but rather the wealthier of the town.
From a young age, Luther rallied against monasticism (a religious way of life that a monk lives) and all throughout his teen years until he suddenly went against his father's beliefs and surprisingly became a monk. This doesn't necessarily make him a sinner, but the fact that he passionately went against monks, their way of life and hated on them for so many years, stopping at nothing to go against them and speaking his mind, makes him one.
Luther was also a man of no mercy. He was relentless; he would stop at nothing to make sure his reformation happened. This attitude helped get him into some trouble when he was faced with rebellion by Catholics. He stopped at nothing and readily killed anyone in his way. These qualities are not those of a saint, and that is why Luther is a sinner.